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Idaho governor to veto bills curbing his emergency powers

Apr. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will veto two bills intended to curb his power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. Little made the announcement Friday, with four former governors also voicing support for the decision. ...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...

'Hillbilly' to Capitol Hill? Author eyes Senate bid in Ohio

Apr. 16, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Muterspaw figures J.D. Vance has already shown he's got what it takes to be a U.S. senator. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author and a fellow Middletown native, broke out of poverty and family chaos and never forgot his Appalachian...

Senate Democrats urge Biden to condition aid to Brazil

Apr. 16, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than a dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday complaining of a woeful environmental track record by his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, and urging him to condition any support for Amazon preservation on significant...

Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

Apr. 16, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Federal public lands officials are investigating after climbing bolts damaged an ancient petroglyph site near Moab, Utah. The line of bolts was inserted into the middle of a large rock-art image left by Indigenous people more than 1,000...

New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in ash from a week of violent eruptions. The...

Human composting legislation considered in Delaware

Apr. 16, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a measure that would allow composting of human bodies as an alternative to burial or cremation. The bill introduced Thursday would permit a practice that is called “natural organic reduction” but...

China calls for closer cooperation on climate change

Apr. 16, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called Friday for closer cooperation on combating global change as he held a video meeting with the leaders of Germany and France, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and...

Sheriff: Man, 82, dies while snorkeling in the Florida Keys

Apr. 16, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — An 82-year-old man died while snorkeling off Key Largo in the Florida Keys, sheriff's officials said. Aleksander Toverovsky of Hallandale Beach died Thursday afternoon after losing consciousness while he was snorkeling, the Monroe County Sheriff's...

Politicians express concerns about Cape machine gun range

Apr. 16, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Both U.S. senators from Massachusetts and the congressman who represents Cape Cod are expressing concerns about potential environmental effects from a machine gun training range planned for a National Guard base in the region. The range at Camp...